I Need You Here

November 15, 2020

The soaring apex of Mount Fuji on a crisp autumn morning…

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Sony A7RIV + FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Sony A7RIV + FE 70-200 f/2.8 GM

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Tell Me That You Feel The Same

October 19, 2020

Missing the oceans, beaches and waves…

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II + EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

iPhone X + 28mm f/2.4 back camera

iPhone X + 28mm f/2.4 back camera

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II + EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II + EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM

Panasonic DC-GX7m3 + Leica DG 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0

iPhone 6 + 30mm f/2.2 back camera

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Are We Numb To The Touch

September 22, 2020

The views over the Toranomon District of Tokyo during the Silver Week holiday…

iPhone 11 Pro + 26mm f/1.8 back camera

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A Stone In The Path To This Place

September 06, 2020

Sitting trapped in our house along with the rest of the world, remembering the path to the top of Jungfrau late last year1

Panasonic DC-GX7MK3 + Leica DG 12-60/F2.8-4.0

  1. A non-exhaustive list of things we’re currently remembering about Switzerland, in no particular order: the mountains, the landscapes, the cheese, the food (including cheese), the watches… and the cheese. 

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This Is How We Communicate

September 01, 2020

Oh San Francisco what a year it has been… how will you look when we see you next?

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm F2.8 G

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Promise Me You Will Let Me Down Easy

August 17, 2020

The blue hour settling over Tokyo, forming a striking contrast to the gentle Kyoto sunsets from last month

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

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When The Life Gets Old

July 24, 2020

A quick weekend in a nearly deserted Kyoto1 at the end of last month, after the first wave, but before the second wave of the COVID washed over Japan2

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

iPhone 11 Pro + 52mm back camera

Leica Q2 + Summilux 28mm f /1.7 ASPH

Sony Xperia 1 II + 24mm back camera

Sony Xperia 1 II + 24mm back camera

Sony Xperia 1 II + 24mm back camera

  1. As in seriously, there were scarcely any people out on the streets though all restrictions had been lifted. We considered ourselves so fortunate to have this rare moment to capture a Kyoto that hasn’t been this empty or quiet in more than 20 years…. 

  2. This weekend happens a long 4-day weekend, but the circumstances are dramatically different from when we went last month, with 300+ cases daily washing over Tokyo and Japan clearly in the throes of a second, much larger wave. Yet, governmental incomptence via an ill-timed and much criticised bungled “Go Travel” Campaign (warning, terrible governmental PDF) has resulted in literal bus loads of tourists swarming the streets of Kyoto, packed shoulder to shoulder. Needless to say, this will not end well…. 

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We Will Bask In The Sun's Glow

June 13, 2020

We don’t post a lot of portraits on here1, but every once in a while we get the urge to pull out our beloved FE 85mm f/1.4 and have a bit of fun…

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Sony A9 + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

We have a lot of love for smaller formats such as M4/3 and APS-C for a great many reasons, not least of which are their much smaller travel-friendly sizes and the availablity of tiny fast wide primes (much thanks to Sigma and Pana-Leica) that make them much more useful for portraiture.

However, at the end of the day, when looking at the results out of a FF solution such as our Sony A7RIV + 85mm f/1.4 GM it’s clear there’s still a large gulf in performance between APS-C/M43 and FF for certain kinds of work and aesthetics.2

Now we just need to remind ourselves of this when bemoaning all the extra weight and size3 our FF kit takes up when packing our luggage4

  1. We tend to reserve that for our other sites

  2. Because regardless of the fast primes for smaller formats, aperture equivalency is a real thing

  3. We should also stop and remind ourselves we used to seriously haul around a Canon 1DXmII + EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and EF 85mm f/1.2L II and god knows how many more kgs worth of other glass.5 

  4. Packing a FF 3-lens portrait setup (A7R/A9 + 24mm, 50mm, 85mm f/1.4 lenses) used to be pretty incompatible with our 1-bag travel philosophy, but these days given that we’ve reduced our total 1-bag setup (including a 3-lens APS-C portrait setup) to less than 10kg and 22L, we’re able to make a 1-bag setup work with a FF 3-lens setup in a 30L-ish bag6, still very well within international carry-on limitations (though the weight starts to be an issue with intra-european carriers). 

  5. Our arms were much more toned in those days…. 

  6. The issue is that the packing doesn’t scale absolutely linearly - when you’re at 22l-ish, your travel bag can also double comfortably as your EDC daypack at your destination. When you jump up to 30L (to accommodate the extra space/weight taken by the FF setup) then the bag generally is a bit too big to work as an EDC daypack at the destination, so then you need to pack an extra portable daypack which also takes up extra space in the pack, yadda yadda.7 

  7. Okay no more footnotes inside of footnotes, we promise. 

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